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A Real Soddy!

This attraction is on someone's farm. The woman I paid ($4 each) said her husband build these and... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2018
Saint Paul, Minnesota
True prairie houses!!

This is one of the truest examples of different sod houses in the upper Midwest. Good for people... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12598 Magnolia Ave, Sanborn, MN 56083-3076
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Reviewed 8 August 2018

This attraction is on someone's farm. The woman I paid ($4 each) said her husband build these and was fascinated by the concept. While the main sod house is in good shape, a few other similar structures are beginning to collapse. It is a grass...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank cuTRis
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

This is one of the truest examples of different sod houses in the upper Midwest. Good for people to see how tough conditions were for pioneers. If in the area definitely visit

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MandySSS
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Very accurate replica - sod house, outhouse & dugout to tour at your own pace. Open sunrise to sunset. $4/person, 6 & under free. Pay via drop box on porch (this is basically in the backyard of a persons house) via honor system. Pay in...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Hilary F
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

This is such s treasure. We met with the owner while we were placing the modest $4 fee for adults in a drop box. The details are so accurate and the views are just expansive and amazing. Do not miss this attraction; it’s less than...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 439russellw
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Took our granddaughters on a "Little House" journey. We visited all the home sites listed in Laura Ingalls Wilder's books. This place was on our way to one site. It is simply amazing! The gentleman who built it has passed away. There is an honor...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank richmona
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

When we pulled in, lured by the sign on the highway, I wasn't sure what to expect. There were no staff visible, but we left our $4 each admission fee (under 5) in the locked box on the farmhouse deck. (Bring exact change. ) Then...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank islandinthemist
Reviewed 13 June 2017

This place will show you how people actually lived back in the pioneer days. There are some real sod structures that shows you the life real pioneers had back in the day. Worth a visit and the owner is a very nice lady to talk...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank MandySSS
Reviewed 28 November 2016

It was a bit daunting to walk up to the house to pay admission, but once on the porch you notice a black mailbox into which you can place your money. It's totally on the honor system. $4.00 per person for adults. Once I placed...More

Date of experience: November 2016
3  Thank mrsjpvan2
Reviewed 6 November 2016

The web site says this is open from sunrise to sunset in Spring, Summer and Fall. We got there about 20 minutes after sunrise in Fall, and they were not open. From what I could see, it seemed like it would be a nice way...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Gregory W
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

It was the last stop on our way home and we enjoyed every minute. Kids dressed up and ran through the grass, played in the trapper's cabin and the sod house. A really neat way to visualize how the settlers lived.

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank luisa j
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14 June 2018|
Response from richmona | Reviewed this property |
Sunrise to sunset in spring, summer, and fall. You can also Google sodhouse in Sanborn MN..